Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 2936 – Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

October 31, 2017 4:40 PM

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Cárdenas , Tony (CA)


REVISED Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with other relevant Departments, to conduct a study to evaluate the feasibility, safety and cost effectiveness of using unmanned aerial vehicles for the purposes of supporting wildfire response and suppression as well as forest restoration and management.

DeFazio (OR), Schrader (OR), Walden (OR)


Adds land exclusions to Sec. 913, including Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Wilderness Act, lands managed under the National Trails System.

Grijalva (AZ)


Requires the Secretary of the Interior to provide Congress with an annual report on federal lands deforestation and the effect reductions in forest carbon sequestration has on wildfires.

Hanabusa (HI)


Strikes Section 203, which would prohibit restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and injunctions pending appeal with respect to decisions to prepare or conduct a salvage operation or reforestation activity in response to a large-scale catastrophic event.

Hill (AR)


WITHDRAWN Requires the Secretary concerned to consult with the applicable Regional Forester in the event of a categorical exclusion in Section 111.

Huffman (CA), Thompson, Mike (CA), Polis (CO), Khanna (CA), Rosen (NV), Speier (CA), Matsui (CA), Barragán,  (CA)


SUBSTITUTE Addresses fire borrowing, reduces long-term fire risk by funding and authorizing fire prevention and fire preparedness programs, improves hazardous vegetation management adjacent to electrical transmission lines on public lands, and encourages better mitigation and prevention of wildfires by states and localities.

Khanna (CA)


Strikes Subtitle B of Title III, the Forest Management Activity Arbitration Pilot Program, from the bill.

LaMalfa (CA), DeSaulnier (CA)


Directs OPM to create a “wildland firefighter” occupational series.

McEachin (VA), Beyer (VA)


Strikes language ending Section 7 ESA consultation requirements for Forest Service projects when the Secretary determines that a forest management activity will not affect listed species or designated critical habitat, and otherwise mandates that such consultations be concluded within ninety days; and strikes language waiving consultation requirements for adopted land management plans when the Fish and Wildlife Service lists a new species or designates critical habitat for such a species.

Meng (NY)


Prohibits a more than 10 percent increase in the price of admission to a national park during any calendar year.

Meng (NY)


Requires the Secretaries concerned to carry out activities to identify landslide hazards and reduce losses from landslides.

Meng (NY)


Requires the Secretaries concerned to carry out activities to control and manage invasive species on lands under their jurisdiction.

O'Halleran (AZ)


Strikes sections 801 and 903

O'Halleran (AZ)


Removes provisions that modify review periods and procedures under the Endangered Species Act.

O'Halleran (AZ)


Strengthens the ability of local residents to participate on Resource Advisory Committees.

Pearce (NM)


REVISED Establishes a pilot program to demonstrate effective tools and techniques for safeguarding natural resources.

Schrader (OR), DeFazio (OR), O'Halleran (AZ), Panetta (CA)


Reduces the maximum acreage for Categorical Exclusions from 10,000 acres to 5,000 acres and from 30,000 acres to 15,000 acres.

Schrader (OR), Costa (CA), DeFazio (OR), Thompson, Mike (CA), Lujan Grisham (NM), Panetta (CA), Kuster, Ann (NH), O'Halleran (AZ), Bonamici (OR), Bera (CA), Carbajal (CA), Kildee (MI), Sinema (AZ), Polis (CO), DeSaulnier (CA), Lujan (NM)


Strikes Title X of the bill and inserts the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (HR 2862).

Schrader (OR), DeFazio (OR), Panetta (CA)


Strikes “produce timber” as a forest management activity designated for Categorical Exclusion.

Takano (CA)


Strikes provisions exempting the logging industry from child labor protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act.